Taut, thrilling, disturbing yet reassuring. In her 50th year, Sri Devi still rules

Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned.

What is it that we don’t like in the films of this age? Its predictability, old stories, old  techniques, stereotypes. And what is it that we really like in the movies? Something fresh, new age, a new treatment and a new narrative. Well Sri Devi’s calm but devious disposition, a brutal gang rape and a revenge story inspired by the oldest revenge and war saga – Mahabharat, Mom is something very fresh off Sri Devi’s plate.

A song in the film – Maafi Mushkil, in Arabic means, Its okay, no Problem. To pull a victim out of the gruesome memories of Gang rape, assault and physical abuse, we need to tell her, Its Okay- This too shall pass.

It’s the most beautiful thing in the film but would the mother of the victim let it pass? NO. And in this case even while the mother who is not a biological mother, she will prove that it does not need blood ties to avenge her child’s misery.

Director Ravi Udayavar’s narrative is very pacy, almost edge of the seat. There is nothing surplus and every scene serves a mission. Arya ( Sajal Ali ) has a strained relationship with her stepmother but is compensated by a loving father and a little stepsister. She switches to friends to fill the void left behind after the death of her mother. While we expected that director and story writer Ravi would keep the relationship strained forever, instead he dwells on unpredictability and shows a step mother risk her own life to avenge her step daughter’s ordeal.

The film sucks you in its world right from the beginning. Cinematographer Anay Goswami creates a Capital that we easily connect with. There is nothing artificial here. Screenplay by  Girish Kohli absorbs you into a small world where everything seems be your own story and Monisha Baldawa’s crisp editing does not leave a second to waste. Everything is for a purpose here.

Right from the beginning, we are one with Devaki’s character played by Sri devi who is a loving wife to Anand ( Adnan Siddiqui ). She looks ordinary but she is capable of much more sinister. That’s the catch of the film.

Stay on to see some nicely mounted scenes between Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sri who holds his ground in front of the 54 year old Cinestar. Nawazuddin provides a few relief moments in this otherwise edge of the seat thriller. The artificial dentures are just to provide a visual  relief and add some novelty to this character though.  In a scene while watching a red painting symbolizing Draupadi’s revenge, he says, “Aisi painting to hum paan ki thook se bana dete”. Hilarious.  

The film feeds on our hatred towards Rapists. After Nirbhaya rape case, each brutal gang rape has been in the strict eyes of media and legal scrutiny ( arguably so ). We hate the men in the film who are products of depraved patriarchy. In a climax scene Nawazuddin in a dialogue says, Mard Rape nahin karte. Whether this film drives home the point can be argued upon but the point, that Sri devi in her 50th year of acting can still hold a film on her shoulders cannot be refuted.     

Akshay Khanna, like in most of his films proves that less is more on the big screen. He keeps it real.

One of the finest things in the film that adds soul is A R Rahman’s music. His background music in some of the key scenes makes us imagine things much worse. For example the scenes of gang rape in a black SUV roaming on the empty streets of Delhi gives you goose pimples along with steady camera and crane shots. The horror lived by the girls of this heinous crime will be well imagined by the viewer here.  

The problem comes at the end of the story though where things start to feel so clear that you almost know what will happen next.

The plot though interesting becomes too linear and simplistic and lacks drama and layering. Sri devi, albeit just a school teacher is the wonder woman who will get what she wants defying the prying eyes of the police. The story and plot conveniently lets her do that as she is a star and needs to be vindicated. Just in the end we feel the pinch of a very promising premise turning into a fanfare account. But otherwise largely the film remains a taut thriller.

Adnan Siddiqui a veteran artist from Pakistan gets a raw deal with not muct to do here in the role of Anand ( Sri devi’s husband. Suggest you watch one of his plays – Mere Qatil mere Dildar on internet, just to understand his range as an actor ).

Also Sajal Ali, another acclaimed actor is brilliant in the role of the victim. Her brooding, repenting eyes made me shed many a tear, she successfully made us identify with the families who suffer this trauma.

Abhimanyu singh in the role of the main villain is creepy, detestable and very apt for the role. Wonder why most of the rapists in our films have Haryanvi accent these days.

Apart from a few predictable turns and holes in the plot, MOM remains a treat to watch as a film and an experience to be lived. Some films are mirror to our world, we need to look into it.

3 Stars

Are Varun And Anushka B-Town’s Latest Pair?

Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan are two of the most well-known actors of the Bollywood industry. While they have been in the news a lot lately for their movies Jab Harry Met Sejal and Judwaa 2, their names have never been mentioned together, until now.

Turns out, the two of them have bagged a movie together and are scheduled to start working for Yash Raj Film’s next project, Sui Dhaga – Made In India. This only goes to mean that Bollywood will receive a new onscreen Jodi in the coming year. While it will be a YRF project, the movie will be directed by Sharat Katariya and produced by Maneesh Sharma.

When asked about his latest project, here’s what Varun had to say, “From Gandhiji to Modiji, our country's leaders have always endorsed the mantra of Made in India. With Sui Dhaaga I am proud to take their message to millions of movie lovers in a manner that is entertaining and relevant. I really liked the script Sharat had written and I am happy that I am teaming up with YRF on this movie. Anushka and I are teaming up for the first time so I am sure there will be fireworks.

Anushka did not shy away from sharing her excitement about the movie, “I always get excited with unique ideas that have human interest stories. Sui Dhaaga is a story of self-reliance that I believe will connect to the grassroots level with every Indian. And, I’m really looking forward to working with Varun Dhawan and the team of Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya.

With the whole team excited for the project, the movie is scheduled to go into production from January 2018 and will release on Gandhi Jayanti 2018.

Are you excited for this unique Bollywood movie? 

Tiger Shroff Shares The First Poster For ‘Munna Michael’. Check It Out!

Tiger Shroff is all set to groove in his upcoming movie, ‘Munna Michael’ where he plays an aspiring dancer who idolises Michael Jackson aka ‘The King of Pop’. While we all wait with bated breath to see Tiger Shroff show off his amazing moves, here is something to tide us over for the moment as Tiger Shroff took to twitter to share the first poster of the movie.

Tiger Shroff can be seen looking fabulous as ever amidst the crowd who are cheering for him. He captioned the picture, "Moonwalking in the steps of the legend!" Take a look –

 

 

In the movie, the actor will also pay a dance tribute to his father, Jackie Shroff. When asked about the song ‘Ding Dang’, Tiger Shroff said in an interview, "The song is a tribute to my father. There is no better way I could have done it than as his Munna. Dad is my buddy, my first hero… He's the reason I'm here. That's why for this character I'm trying to live his life."

The poster looks amazing & we honestly can’t wait to see the movie!

Amitabh Bachchan & Rishi Kapoor Start Filming For ‘102 Not Out’. See pictures!

Veteran actors, Amitabh Bachchan & Rishi Kapoor will be seen together in a movie after over 25 years and Bollywood fans are genuinely excited! The movie, ‘102 Not Out’ was announced a while back from now and we got to see the first look at the two actors in their movie avatars. Amitabh Bachchan will be playing a 102 year dad to Rishi Kapoor’s character who will be 75.

The hit Jodi from the 80s is all set to win our hearts all over again. The shooting for the film commenced recently and here are some pictures that are doing rounds on the internet.

The two captured filming on the streets of Mumbai. Check it out –

 

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The film titled '102 Not Out' is based on a running Gujarati play, which is written by playwright Somya Joshi and is being directed by Umesh Shukla.

This is one movie that has us really excited! We can’t wait to see the two share screen space again!

Sushant Singh Rajput & Kriti Sanon Are Amazing Together. Check this out!

Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon are all geared up for the release of their upcoming movie, ‘Raabta’ and the two have been busy with promotions. The sizzling on-screen chemistry between the two has been the highlight and people can’t stop talking about it, especially since the movie is an epic tale of love and puts a heavy emphasis on the romance aspect.

There’s no denying they share a great bond on and off the cameras, and they look too cute together. The two have been posting a lot of fun and adorable stuff on their Instagram page. These will definitely put a big smile on your face! 

Check it out –

 

 

Raabta promotions! #ShivAndSaira color coordinating like how!! @sushantsinghrajput 😉

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Some chatpat happiness in between promotions!! 😁 @sushantsinghrajput #Raabta

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Ganne ka juice! 😁❤️ #Amritsar #raabta @sushantsinghrajput

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All the butter chicken and daal makhani come in handy now for this punjaban :)) @kritisanon #Raabta 9th June

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Kriti messing up my killer expressions!! #raabtapromotions @kritisanon

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Off to Ahmedabad with this Princess! @sushantsinghrajput 😜💃🏻

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Tell us you didn't have a huge grin on your face while going through all that? We bet you did!

 

Raabta tells the story of two seemingly ordinary individuals, going about their lives until their paths cross and they realize that they belong with one another. Unaware of a connection that was forged several hundred years ago, Shiv and Saira are inexplicably drawn to each other and then begins a rollercoaster ride of love, intrigue, treachery and adventure!

The movie is all set to release on June 9. Are you excited?

Karan Johar’s Birthday Bash Was A Star-Studded Affair

Karan Johar celebrated his 45th birthday yesterday and he threw the mother of all parties at his new residence where a large number of Bollywood stars showed up to join the celebration! Karan Johar is known for throwing the biggest of bashes which attracts a lot of attention. He invited all his friends & colleagues from the industry and it was quite a star studded affair.

Alia Bhatt was the host of the party, which is no surprise since the two share a bond that goes beyond professional commitments. Alia Bhatt wished Karan Johar on Instagram and called him ‘Her favourite person in the whole world.’ 'A friend, a father and a teacher.' It was the sweetest message.

Every known face from B-Town arrived at the party. Take a look –

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Alia Bhatt all set for the party!
 
 
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Deepika Padukone amped up to head for the party!
 
 
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Disha Patani all ready to sizzle at the party! Doesn't she look super hot?
 
 
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Kriti Sanon looks every bit dreamy and stunning!
 
 
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Aamir Khan and wife, Kiran Rao arrive at the party!
 
 
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Anushka Sharma, Manish Malhotra and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan clicked together at the party!
 
 
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Deepika Padukone arriving at the party!
 
 
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Janhavi Kapoor looking mesmerising!
 
 
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Akshay Kumar and wife, Twinkle Khanna arrive in style!
 
 
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Farhan Akhtar seen arriving at the party!
 
 
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Hrithik Roshan looking dashing as he prepares to join the celebration!
 
 
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Sonam Kapoor arrived looking gorgeous as ever!
 
 
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The super gorgeous, Katrina Kaif waving hello to the camera!
 
 
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Malaika Arora seen waving to the people gathered to get a glimpse of her!
 
 
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Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor were also spotted arriving at the party!
 
 
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Sanjay Dutt and wife, Manyata Dutt looking like the fabulous couple that they are!
 
 
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Tabu and Farah Khan were seen arriving together!
 
 
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Saif Ali Khan's daughter, Sara Ali Khan also attended the bash!
 
 
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Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra were spotted arriving together!
 
 
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Sussanne Khan and Sonali Bendre arrived together! Don't they look gorgeous?
 
 
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Shah Rukh Khan, his son Aryan Khan and Sara Ali Khan were seen together at the party!
 
 
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Shahid Kapoor giving two thumbs up to the camera as he prepares to join the party!

 

Looks like it was a really grand party! One that everyone would have certainly liked to be a part of, don't you agree?

B-Town Celebs Wish Karan Johar On His Birthday. See Pictures!

One of the most beloved filmmakers in B-Town, Karan Johar celebrates his 45th birthday today. The man who has given us countless great movies has also proved time and again that he’s much more than a filmmaker. His strengths go beyond just that. There’s a reason why he is beloved by many, with some even looking up to him as a father figure.

There’s no denying the kind of wide impact he has made, not just as a filmmaker but also as a socialite. A genuinely good human being who radiates positivity in heaps. Many celebs took to twitter and instagram to wish their friend and mentor with the most heartfelt, sweet messages.

Here are some of them –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We too wish you a very happy birthday, Karan Johar! 

Anushka Sharma & Virat Kohli Showed Up Hand-In-Hand At Zaheer-Sagarika’s Engagement Ceremony

Zaheer Khan & Sagarika Ghatge are officially engaged! A lot of big names were present at the engagement ceremony but Anushka Sharma & Virat Kohli had all eyes on them. The two showed up hand-in-hand for the ceremony and they looked absolutely wonderful together!

Anushka Sharma looked stunning in a black dress while Virat opted to go for a cool casual look. Both complemented each other quite well with their chosen attire!

 

Take a look –

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The two even posed for the camera while leaving, after the ceremony –
 
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And here are the two lovebirds, Zaheer Khan & Sagarika Ghatge, now happily engaged! Zaheer looked dapper in a suit while Sagarika looked stunning in a an elegant bright dress. The two look absolutely head over heels in love and we couldn't be more happy for them!
 

Congratulations to the gorgeous couple!

This Bollywood Hunk Is One Of Priyanka Chopra’s Favourite Co-Stars

Priyanka Chopra is clearly taking the west by storm after having appeared both on the small screen and the big screen! The ‘Quantico’ & ‘Baywatch’ star has been busy doing promotions in the USA and she recently made an appearance on the talk show, ‘Live With Kelly & Ryan’.

The global icon, who has been promoting her movie ‘Baywatch’ revealed something very interesting during her conversation with Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest. When asked what are all the qualities that her dream co-host should have and who would her dream co-host be, PeeCee mentioned four actors, one of them being her 'Bajirao Mastani' co-star, Ranveer Singh.

Priyanka said she picked him for his “rebellious crazy attitude.”

Kelly Ripa added that she finds Ranveer Singh ‘adorable’.

 

Check it out –